Dear Fellow Stockholders,
We are writing to ask for your support on all of the proposals submitted for your vote at the upcoming 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of
Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (the Company or Annaly) in accordance with the recommendations of your Board of Directors (the Board). In particular, we are requesting your support on Proposal 2 the annual
advisory vote on executive compensation (the Say-on-Pay vote).
We would like to thank those stockholders who met with us to discuss the significant enhancements the Company has made to our executive
compensation practices and disclosures since our recent transition from an externally-managed issuer with an all-cash executive compensation program to an internally-managed company with a balanced mix of cash
and equity incentives, and we are particularly gratified by our stockholders recognition that the transformation of our executive compensation program is a multi-year evolution. From our discussions with stockholders, including sustained
dialogue with our largest investors, we found that the significant changes made to the Companys executive compensation program in connection with our 2020 internalization transaction and the additional compensation enhancements adopted by the
Management Development and Compensation Committee of the Board (the MDC Committee) for 2021 were well received and supported by our stockholders. The purpose of this letter is to provide additional context on the Companys 2021
executive compensation program and to advise our stockholders on additional enhancements the MDC Committee is adopting for 2022.
Executives are Eligible for Severance Only in the Event of Involuntary Termination Without Cause
As disclosed in our 2022 Proxy Statement, the Executive Severance Plan only provides benefits upon a participants involuntary
termination of employment by the Company without cause (as defined in the plan), and our former Chief Credit Officer received only those severance payments required by the terms of such plan following his departure earlier this year. The
Executive Severance Plan does not provide for severance benefits in the event of an executives voluntary resignation or retirement and the Company does not pay out severance in such circumstances.
2022 Corporate Scorecard Requires Minimum Performance Threshold be Attained for Payout
For 2021, the Company introduced pre-established target amounts for all executive incentive
opportunities with payouts capped at 120% of target based on superior performance. In response to stockholder feedback, the MDC Committee has added a minimum performance threshold to the 2022 Corporate Scorecard. If this performance threshold is not
met, no incentive payments ($0) will be made under the Corporate Scorecard, which we believe enhances the at-risk nature of the program. For 2021, performance measured against the Corporate Scorecard resulted
in corporate/organizational achievement of 105% of target.
2022 Relative Performance Metrics Have Been Increased to Target
The 2021 Corporate Scorecard utilized two financial metrics: (1) Relative Economic Return with
an Absolute Total Stockholder Return (TSR) Governor; and (2) Absolute Operating Efficiency. Similarly, performance-based stock units (PSUs) granted to executives for 2021 performance utilized two financial metrics:
(1) Relative Economic Return with an Absolute TSR Governor; and (2) Average Earnings Available for Distribution (EAD) Return on Equity. In order to achieve target or greater payout under the Relative Economic Return metrics
utilized by the 2021 Corporate Scorecard and the PSUs granted for 2021 performance, the Company needed to perform at or above the median of our peer group (50%+). In response to stockholder feedback, for 2022 performance, the